Naumealuk, Jimmy Patsauq

Poet and hunter born in the Inukjuak region (Nunavik) in 1951 - died in Inukjuak (Nunavik) in 1984.

Jimmy Patsauq Naumealuk also known as Jimmy Patsauq Naymealuk, was born in 1951 in the Inukjuak region in Nunavik. He was the little brother of Markoosie Patsauq and John Amagoalik, Nunavik politician. Jimmy Patsauq Naumealuk was raised in Resolute Bay, (now called Qausuittuq) his family being one of many forced by the Canadian government to relocate to the High Arctic in 1953, where living conditions were extremely difficult. He attended Churchill Vocation School, a residential school in Manitoba and then moved to Inukjuak, Nunavik to work for the Northern Quebec Inuit Association (NQIA).

Jimmy Patsauq Naumealuk was a contemporary Inuit poet with four poems forming his corpus. In 1974, these poems appeared in different issues of Inukshuk, a community newspaper published by the citizens of Frobisher Bay (now called Iqaluit). The most well known is « Wondering in Silence » and expresses worry about the future, obliquely referencing the community’s preoccupation with land claim negotiations.

Jimmy Patsauq Naumealuk died unexpectedly, in 1984, frozen to death during a hunting trip.

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